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A painting of Salvator Mundi was sold by Christie’s auction house in 2017 for $450m

Art and culture 

1. Which artist painted Salvator Mundi, which sold for $450million in November? 

2. Which city was the UK’s City of Culture this year? 

3. And which city will be our City of Culture from 2021? 

4. Which area of England was officially recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site this year? 

5. What prestigious award did Zanzibar-born Lubaina Himid win this year?

6. Which city opened a Louvre Art Museum this year? 

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Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds both died in December 2016

R.I.P. 

Can you name the celebrities who died this year from the following descriptions? 

7. An alien burst from this actor’s stomach in 1979

8. Rock ’n’ roll pioneer who released Roll Over Beethoven in 1956

9. Oscar-winning director of The Silence Of The Lambs

10. He played James Bond seven times 

11. Last Of The Summer Wine actor who gave voice to Wallace in the Wallace And Gromit films 

12. TV’s Batman in the 1960s 

13. Actor/comedian and once the comedy partner of Dean Martin 

14. US actor best known for playing the butler Benson 

15. Chef who was one of the Two Greedy Italians 

16. Actor/singer who was one of The Partridge Family in the 1970s 

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The creator of Paddington Bear was awarded a CBE in October 2015

Writers 

17. Which Japanese author won the Nobel Prize For Literature in 2017? 

18. Which American finally made his speech to receive the 2016 Nobel Literature Prize? 

19. The 350th anniversary of the birth of the author of Gulliver’s Travels was celebrated this year. Can you name him? 

20. The bicentenary of which renowned author’s death was celebrated in 2017? 

21. Which coveted literary prize was won by David Grossman for A Horse Walks Into A Bar? 

22. Which author, who died in 2015, had a hard disk containing his unfinished works crushed by a steamroller according to his wishes? And can you name the writers who died this year? 

23. A poet from St Lucia who won the 1992 Nobel Literature prize 

24. The creator of Paddington Bear 

25. English science-fiction author who wrote an autobiography called Bury My Heart At WH Smith’s 

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Eddie Izzard spoke at Build Studio in New York about his latest movie Victoria & Abdul

Can you match the following titles of 2017 memoirs (26-34) with the names of their subjects (a to i)? 

26. Over And Out 

27. Only Fools And Stories 

28. Me. You. A Diary 

29. The Princess Diarist 

30. How To Be Champion 

31. Life To The Limit 

32. The Pigeon Tunnel 

33. My Life, Our Times 

34. Believe Me: A Memoir Of Love, Death And Jazz Chickens 

a) Henry Blofeld b) Gordon Brown c) Jenson Button d) John le Carré e) Carrie Fisher f) Dawn French g) Eddie Izzard h) David Jason i) Sarah Millican

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Meghan Markle attended the royal Christmas celebrations at Sandringham with Prince Harry

TV

35. What was voted best British sitcom of all time in a survey of comedians, comedy writers and actors this year? 

36. Why did the manufacturers of Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway board game apologise? 

Was it because:- a) there were many wrong answers to its questions; b) Declan Donnelly’s name was misspelt on the box; c) Ant and Dec were identified the wrong way round in a photo? 

37. What did viewers of BBC Two’s Britain’s Greatest Invention vote as our best invention? 

a) contraception; b) television; c) antibiotics; d) the telephone? 

38. Which country won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2017? 

39. What was the name of the character played by Meghan Markle in Suits? 

40. What is the connection between this character’s name and Meghan Markle’s own name? 

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Sarah Harding made a trade at the BGC Charity Day in Canary Wharf

Can you match the 2017 TV contests (41-46) with the winners (a-f)? 

41. Mastermind 

42. MasterChef 

43. Big Brother 

44. Celebrity Big Brother 

45. Britain’s Got Talent 

46. Britain’s Next Top Model 

a) Sarah Harding b) Isabelle Heward c) Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed d) Tokio Myers e) Isabelle Warburton f) Olivia Wardell 

47. And what was the name of the 2012 Britain’s Got Talent co-winner who died this year aged 11? 

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OJ Simpson attended a parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Centre in Nevada

Films 

48. Which English city featured in the title of a film that won two Oscars? 

49. Which film ended the Academy Awards with 14 nominations, winning six? 

50. Which were the only other two films in history to receive 14 Oscar nominations? 

51. The film OJ: Made In America broke an Oscars record previously held by War And Peace in 1969. What was that record? 

52. Which film won Best Film Oscar? 

53. Who stars as Belle in Disney’s live-action Beauty And The Beast? 

54. Which triple Oscar-winning actor announced that he was retiring to become a dressmaker? 

Music 

55. Who won five times at the Grammy Awards this year?

56. Lucie Jones, right, came 15th in the Eurovision Song Contest with Never Give Up On You. When did the UK last do better than that? 

a) 1996, b) 2001 c) 2006 d) 2011 

57. Which rap artist brought out his 13th album entitled 4:44? 

58. Which hugely popular singer celebrated her 100th birthday this year?

59. The Loves Of Mars And Venus was performed 300 years ago at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1717. What made it so special? 

a) It was Britain’s first opera; b) It was the first musical that allowed women on stage; c) It was Britain’s first ballet 

60. Which star organised and performed at the One Love Manchester concert?

ANSWERS 

Art and culture 

1. Leonardo da Vinci

2. Hull

3. Coventry

4. The Lake District

5. The Turner Prize

6. Abu Dhabi 

R.I.P. 

7. John Hurt

8. Chuck Berry

9. Jonathan Demme

10. Roger Moore

11. Peter Sallis

12. Adam West

13. Jerry Lewis

14. Robert Guillaume

15. Antonio Carluccio

16. David Cassidy 

Writers 

17. Kazuo Ishiguro

18. Bob Dylan

19. Jonathan Swift

20. Jane Austen

21. International Man Booker Prize

22. Terry Pratchett

23. Derek Walcott

24. Michael Bond

25. Brian Aldiss

26. A

27. H

28. F 

29. E 

30. I 

31. C 

32. D 

33. B 

34. G 

TV 

35. Fawlty Towers

36. A

37. C

38. Portugal

39. Rachel Zane

40. Her first name is Rachel

41. B 

42. C 

43. E 

44. A 

45. D 

46. F 

47. Pudsey the dog 

Films 

48. Manchester (Manchester By The Sea)

49. La La Land

50. All About Eve, and Titanic

51. At 467 minutes, it’s the longest film to win an Oscar

52. Moonlight

53. Emma Watson

54. Daniel Day-Lewis 

Music

55. Adele 56d

57. Jay-Z

58. Dame Vera Lynn

59. C

60. Ariana Grande


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